Le Conseil inquiet face à l’absence durable de solution politique au Yémen

Remarques à la presse de M. François Delattre, représentant permanent de la France auprès des Nations unies et président du Conseil de sécurité - 3 mars 2015 - Yémen

Nous avons écouté le Conseiller spécial du Secrétaire général, M. Jamal Benomar, qui a rendu compte de façon très précise, très méthodique, très détaillée des efforts de médiation qu’il mène et de l’évolution de la situation au Yémen.

Nous avons dit notre inquiétude collective à l’égard de l’absence durable de solution politique au Yémen et du développement bien sûr de la menace terroriste, qui profite du vide politique et sécuritaire dans ce pays.

Nous avons redit aussi notre attachement à ce que les parties yéménites appliquent les résolutions du Conseil de sécurité, en particulier la résolution 2201, et aboutissent aussi rapidement que possible à un accord politique, cela dans le respect de l’Initiative du Golfe et de son mécanisme de mise en œuvre, des conclusions de la Conférence du dialogue national et de l’Accord de paix et de partenariat national et de son annexe sécuritaire.

Nous avons réaffirmé enfin notre plein et entier soutien aux efforts du Conseiller spécial du Secrétaire général, M. Benomar, et notre engagement à sa sécurité et à celle de son équipe. Nous avons réaffirmé notre engagement fort et unanime en faveur de l’unité, de la souveraineté, de l’indépendance et de l’intégrité territoriale du Yémen.

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To make a long story short, a few words in English :

We heard a briefing from Jamal Benomar, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen, who briefed the Council on the progress of his mediation efforts and the evolution of the situation in Yemen.

We expressed our concern at the absence of political solution in Yemen and the development of the terrorist threat, which is thriving on the current political and security vacuum.

We reiterated our call on all Yemeni parties to implement the Council’s resolutions, in particular resolution 2201, and to reach as soon as possible a political agreement, in accordance with the Gulf initiative and its implementation mechanism, the conclusions of the Conference of the national dialogue and the peace and national partnership Agreement (PNPA) and its security annex.

We reiterated our full support to the efforts of M. Benomar and our attachment to his safety and that of his team. We reaffirmed our strong and unanimous commitment to the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Yemen. So it was a good meeting.

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Q:Ambassador, could you tell me how worried are you that Yemen once again could split into two countries with two separate governments ?

As President of the Security Council, I was struck by the unanimous views around the table, as I said, to support the unity and integrity and sovereignty of Yemen. There was absolutely no doubt around the table during the discussions, the consultations, that this was a strong message of the Security Council to A/ fully support the efforts by M. Benomar and B/ consider that the unity of Yemen is our strategic priority. So there is no doubt about it.

Q : Mr. President, there were reports and even the United Nations mentioned it, and Mr. Benomar mentioned earlier that there are tribes getting weapons from certain regional countries, especially in Abyan. Did he touch on the subject and what is the view of the Security Council on that ?

Two points on this. First, you touched on the regional dynamics of the Yemeni conflict that were discussed during the consultations. And it is a long standing position of the Council to call on all regional actors to play, of course, a constructive, positive role in Yemen and to refrain from any interference. That is point number 1, and point number 2 is : within the corresponding resolutions we, as the Security Council, and Mr. Benomar, have also the means to monitor the situation and if needed, additional steps, there is no doubt about it.

Q:Did you discuss Mr. Saleh possible continuing role on the side of the Houthis ?

It was briefly mentioned by Mr. Benomar but it was not at the center of the discussion. Merci beaucoup.

Dernière modification : 11/03/2015

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